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Federal Circuit Upholds TTAB’s Finding of Abandonment of Lens.com’s LENS Mark

On August 3, 2012, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in the case Lens.com, Inc. v. 1-800 Contacts, Inc.  In the case, the Federal Circuit upheld a decision of the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) granting a motion for summary judgment and ordering the cancellation of Lens.com’s […]

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Federal Circuit: Evidence Collected After ITU TM App Filed is Relevant to Likelihood of Confusion

  On July 9, 2012, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (“TTAB”) refusal of Midwestern Pet Foods’ (“Midwestern”) application for the mark WAGGIN’ STRIPS due to a likelihood of confusion with another mark, BEGGIN’ STRIPS, owned by Societe des Produits Nestle (“Nestle”). Midwestern filed an […]

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Crackberry Trademark Registrations Refused by Trademark Trial and Appeal Board – Parody not a Defense

In a precedential opinion, on February 27, 2012 the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sustained four oppositions filed by Research in Motion (RIM) against Defining Presence Marketing Group, Inc. (DPMG). Link to Case here. DPMG had filed four trademark applications, each for the mark CRACKBERRY.   Three of the CRACKBERRY applications were filed in […]

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BLACK MAIL refused for Lack of Proof of Bone Fide Intent to Use the Mark

Research in Motion Limited (“RIM”), well known owner of the BLACKBERRY mark, opposed the registration of the mark BLACK MAIL by the NBOR Corporation (“NBOR”). Research In Motion Limited v. NBOR Corporation, Opposition No. 91179284 to application Serial No. 77090059 filed on January 24, 2007. Applicant filed the mark BLACK MAIL for: “computer software for […]

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